Alexandria (Lexie) Laing
Master’s in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2020
B.A., Integrative Biology, Harvard University, 2019
Current Position: Professional Ice Hockey Player, The NWHL Boston Pride
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program?
I was an undergraduate at Harvard University playing for the varsity women’s Ice Hockey team at Harvard. This summer I took an intensive organic chemistry class at Harvard Extension School.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
I am very interested in the interactions between humans and animals and the effects that they have on one another. This class allows me to analyze the intervention that humans have on animals’ well-being through the policies and change they implement.
Interests in and experience with animals
I am interested in mostly in small animals such as dogs and larger animals such as horses. I’ve volunteered at an animal shelter, primarily working with dogs, but there were cats there as well. I also volunteered at a barn, handling and caring for horses.
What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this area?
I would mainly like to focus on animals that are kept captivity and the implementation of laws that protect those animals that cannot do so for themselves.
What are your career goals?
My main career goal is to become a veterinarian. I believe that this program will help bridge the gap between animal medicine and human medicine and better understand the lengths and difficulties that goes into making those distinctions.
What are your outside interests?
I am very interested in sports.
Number of pets? What type?
I have one pet. He is a Siberian husky named Dakota.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I am very excited to start learning from the professors and my classmates!